Riviera Beach pays massive ransom to hackers following cyber attack, official says

Riviera Beach pays massive ransom to hackers following cyber attack, official says
(Source: Marco Verch)

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — A spokesperson confirms the City of Riviera Beach has paid a massive ransom to computer hackers following a costly cyber attack in May.

LEVICK Public Relations released a statement to FOX 29 on Tuesday that read:

Last month, council members authorized the city’s insurance carrier to pay a 65 Bitcoin ransom, which equates to about $600,000, to recover the city’s data. That ransom has officially been paid now.

The ransom payment came just weeks after Riviera Beach agreed to spend almost $1 million to fix and replace compromised computer equipment.

Law enforcement is investigating the May cyber attack.

On Monday, a sign on the front door of City Hall read:

Councilwoman KeShamba Miller-Anderson said there's still a slow recovery in place. Data is being recovered, but parts of the system are slower to recover than others.

"Nothing is being stopped at this time," said Councilwoman Miller-Anderson. "We're able to continue to service our customers."

Councilwoman Miller-Anderson said Riviera Beach is speaking with other cities that have also fallen victim to cyber attacks and were forced to do data recoveries.

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